Grateful Dead Live at Market Square Arena on 1981-12-05
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Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, Friend Of The Devil-> CC Rider, Cumberland Blues-> El Paso, Ramble On Rose, Passenger, Bird Song-> Let It Grow
Shakedown Street > Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, Big Railroad Blues > Playing in the Band > Drums > Space > The Wheel > Playing in the Band > Stella Blue > Sugar Magnolia, E: One More Saturday Night
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|Alabama Getaway ->|
|Friend Of The Devil ->|
|C C Rider|
|Cumberland Blues ->|
|Ramble On Rose|
|Bird Song ->|
|Let It Grow|
|Shakedown Street ->|
|Lost Sailor ->|
|Saint Of Circumstance|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|Stella Blue ->|
|One More Saturday Night|
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Second half of C C Rider played in double time
-- Thanks to John Moses for lending me the cassettes Dick Latvala gave him
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
- 2011-02-07 12:27:59
- Cassette (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC/16
- Indianapolis, IN
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Market Square Arena
Subject: Winter '81: N5
But you're really here for the second set. Really great. There's the first sequence, Shakedown -> Lost Sailor -> Saint, an intermediate Railroad Blues, then the excellent Playin' sandwich with a must-hear Space jam -> Wheel.
Subject: No pacing needed
Though conventional wisdom picks the better-known night before, many swear this night is better - even the best '81. I might give the nod to this night as well (objectively the two just have different highlights). I can't guarantee it's the best of the year, but safe to say top 10, and a good place to start with '81. The energy kicks in partway into the first set and stays almost all the way through the big, 12-song second set. With an underwhelming turnout, they wouldn't be back to the Hoosier state for 2½ years (it wasn't a strong market for them until Deer Creek was built).
First Set. It's a rough start; quite muffed. At first the AUD is better balanced and more representative, though by Promised Land you may wonder what the big deal is about this show. Wait for Friend of the Devil, where they are warmed up. This much-tick-listed See, See Rider Blues motors well, then has a weird break before Billy & Bobby start up double time, purposely catching Jer & Brent unaware. They quickly enter their chops; sui generis. This has a stimulative effect on the ace Cumberland - and the show, really. The next couple are solid, but take your protein pills and put your helmet on for this Passenger. Jer is like a snowplow in a blizzard, blade down, doing 80mph. After a fine Bird Song, the set peaks with an über-powerful Let it Grow.
Second Set. The verses are shaky for Shakedown but they quickly regain form on the jam. Though the SBD quality drops around Lost Sailor, the playing is good. Saint is careening, but the wheels never come off (the AUD makes it sound like a better performance). It's a sweet Big Railroad but the peak of the set is Playin'. Way uptempo, it enters a lilting, future-pastoral jam flitting with mechanical butterflies. The AUD is again better than the distorted SBD for The Wheel. The rest is average to below average '81. After several muffed broken years & shattered dreams, it's Bobby's turn to take a powder on Sugar Mag. By Saturday Night he's ready to call it a show.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars
See, See Rider Blues - unique version
Cumberland Blues - chops honed
Passenger - snowplow in a blizzard
Let it Grow - über
Playing in the Band - future butterflies
SOURCES: The best SBD is the miller_111784. The pitch has been improved, however there are still slight speed errors, needing +1% pitch for Alabama and -1% from See See Rider to the end (except for Cumberland which needs closer to -1.5%). Other SBDs are pitchy and dry. The best AUD is the 139180_beyers_craigl, which
would make an exciting matrix.
Subject: Birdsong Beauty
This is zenith Dead!!!
Subject: ...Space Is The Place...
Subject: Just a Hot Show; Consistent Throughout
Subject: Double time
You know I mostly am listening to Soundboards circa 1973 so checking out a show from 81 is going to bump it down one star in a hurry but that said this is a diverse show.
Some nice double doses in Set one especially Cumberland>El Paso
Getting Bird Song and Let it Grow to close Set One is also none to shabby.
I like the way Shakedown is followed by Sailor>Saint. The jams are good thru-out Bob mangles the start of Sugar Magnolia but they make an earnest effort to shred thru-it.
Having just listened to many epic P.I.T.B's from the 73 era it is refreshing to hear them weave in and out of Playin' without getting lost and wandering into oblivion or Sea Stones of 74.
By 81 it is fairly clear that as Garcia goes so goes the band and check out Stella if you want to get a pulse on things here,, solid Stella!!!
Too me Indianapolis always seemed out in the middle of nowhere but hey what a better place for the circus to come to town...
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Drifting & Dreaming
Subject: Greencastle Indiana
Went to this show with a bunch of them in Kevin's truck.
Was going to other rock shows in Indy, usually once a month. Rock banks like Sabbath, Blue Oyster cult, etc...Frank Marino put on a killer show earlier that year.
Bear Force Security was always tough-frisking and confiscating. There was trash cans full of contriband such as pipes and baggies full of pot etc...at all rock shows.
But at this Dead show, they were lax. I didn't understand? Also, I didn't see any of the regular guys that were at the usual shows. No Wild Bill? Com'on.
Perplexed before music even began.
Music started and Mr. Natural kicked in shortly. Then stuff just started happening, not just onstage but all over the arena. No previous concert had moved me like this. 'Space through Wheel' kinda capped it off. 'Stella Blue' was mystical.
Music like this just wasn't possible I thought. They didn't play for me or at me, they played through me. This was unexplainable.
Thanks Pete, Mike, Basil, Dave and Kevin. You guys took a greenhorn and transformed his music taste forever!
Subject: Great First Set - I was there
Subject: Awesome Shakedown
The 12 minute Shakedown has Brent playing in fine form alongside Jerry's MIDI guitar. This is one of the best versions I've found here.
Subject: Let It Grow
Jerry played well in '81.
Subject: double time CC Rider
Subject: Epic Night...!!!
Subject: Good show
Subject: Let It Grow !